A white and red from Bouchaine – Review

The site of Bouchaine Vineyards was first planted in 1927 and was later acquired by an Italian immigrant who was the first to have a winery with a tasting room in that region of Napa Valley. Fast forward to 1981 and we have the current owners, Garret and Tatiana Copeland who ahve been producing premium wines now for well over 20 years.

2007 Estate Chardonnay – W.E.P. Rating: 50%

Technical Data:

  • Price: $30
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • pH: 3.2
  • TA: 7.5 g/L

Nose: Green moss covered vanilla beans and theater popcorn butter – with hints of marshmallows river rocks, clove and cinnamon.

Taste: Green apples, butter, vanilla and oak – a bit too much of it, actually. I know some folks really dig this style of chardonnay, however, to me it’s a bit uninspired. This wine becomes rather disjointed on its finish and quite frankly doesn’t do anything for me. There are much better-tasting chardonnay’s out there, especially for the money.

2007 Pinot Nior – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • Price: $30
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • pH: 3.59
  • TA: 6.20 g/L
  • RS: 0.5 g/L
Nose: Classic pinot “cranberry” coming thru quite a bit on the nose along with white pepper, hint of leather, casis and an ever-so-slight touch of “honey bucket” action.
Taste: I love the early, quick hit of the cranberry and raspberry attack on the front-end of the palate with a really nice mid-palate transision that shows signs of good minerality. Nice transition into the back-side of the palate which gives way to plums, and blackberry juice – good finish that enjoys a long hang-time.

Nose: Classic pinot “cranberry” coming thru quite a bit on the nose along with white pepper, hint of leather, casis and an ever-so-slight touch of “honey bucket” action.

Taste: I love the early, quick hit of the cranberry and raspberry attack on the front-end of the palate with a really nice mid-palate transision that shows signs of good minerality. Nice transition into the back-side of the palate which gives way to plums, and blackberry juice – good finish that enjoys a long hang-time.

Winery website: www.bouchaine.com